Christopher Barzak. Smoke City. (Asimovs April/May 2011).

Dark satanic mills in this subterranean landscape, where the workers are repressed, and where child labour is the norm. Very much the norm.

In contrast, the world above is more milk and honey – and the story explores one woman who travels between the two, and the challenges she faces in the darker world, where childbirth and giving up children to the employers is bad enough, but there is a fate even worse than that….

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